CMS lifts South Dakota hospital's "immediate jeopardy" status

CMS removed Rapid City, S.D.-based Sioux San Hospital's "immediate jeopardy" status Thursday, pausing termination of Medicare funding for another two months.

The status was lifted after a CMS inspection found previous discrepancies corrected, and remaining issues being addressed. On May 23, CMS notified Sioux San its Medicare contract would cease June 15 if the facility did not fix deficiencies that posed an "immediate and serious threat" to patients' health and safety.

Based on a survey of Sioux San, CMS found the hospital did not comply with the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act and failed to offer timely medical screening examinations for nine out of 32 patients who entered the ED.

IHS subsequently carried out a corrective action plan, immediately addressing the improvements needed at the hospital, including new leadership, expanded oversight, staff retention and policy changes.

In two months, Sioux San will need to submit another plan of correction to CMS. The hospital will be subject to unscheduled inspections.


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